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Distortion, guitar riffs, loud sounds and aggressive beats - we are of course talking about heavy metal music. Developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, pioneers of the genre include Led zeppelin and Black sabbath and so naturally you'll find a tonne of merch from these godfathers of heavy metal music in the EMP online shop. We've also got loads of merch from bands that have followed in their footsteps. Slipknot hoodies, Def leppard merch, iron maiden t shirts, Ozzy Osbourne albums = so many bands have been immortalised in the EMP band merch shop.
The origin of the term heavy metal is widely attributed to novelist William Burroughs, however its use dates well back into the 19th century. The term 'Heavy metal' also appeared in the lyrics of Steppenwolf’s 1968 hit “Born to be Wild” and by the early 1970's it had taken hold as a term to refer to a specific type of music. Owing to the heavier drums and harder sound, heavy metal didn't get much radio time compared with other genres, ans so bands engaged in relentless touring in order to solidify their fan base. Touring means T-shirts, and that's where EMP started 36 years ago. Selling gig t-shirts and shipping them internationally to people that would otherwise not have been able to get their hands on them.
Today the EMP shelves are stocked full with some of the best and most exclusive band merch in the world. A lot of items in the EMP band merch shop you won't find on the high street or available from other merch stores.